Tuesday, 29 October 2013

News from Around the World (29/10)

9 Things You Should Know About Down Syndrome - October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month. Here are nine things you should know about the condition.

50 Greatest Breakthroughs Since the Wheel - The main rule for this exercise was that the innovations should have come after widespread use of the wheel began, perhaps 6,000 years ago. That ruled out fire, which our forebears began to employ several hundred thousand years earlier.

Seeing Through Camouflage - To experimentally assess which types of visual camouflage better interfered with learning, Toschianko had human participants play a simple computer game. A computer-generated photo was presented on a touch screen, and the participant had to touch the spot on the photo where they thought they saw a triangle that looked like a hidden “moth.”

The Incredible Shrinking Plane Seat - This doesn't sit well with many travelers, particularly those who are large or overweight. Arm rests and aisles are also getting slimmed to wedge in the extra seat, meaning more elbows get bumped. And while seats are now being designed more ergonomically, with better cushions and head rests, the improvements don't stop people from rubbing shoulders.

3 Simple Ways to Time Travel